Giveaway, Book Review, and Author Interview: Summer of Irreverence

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Summer of Irreverence - The Rock Star


Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm. 


Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?
 I have received a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions here are 100% mine!  This post contains affiliate links.



I am always thrilled when an author is willing to talk about their favorite books and their writing process.  Being able to share what 'real authors' do is great for my students.

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Who is your favorite author?  Why?

My favorite authors are Charles Bukowski and Ernest Hemingway for adult books, and Mo Willems and Shel Silverstein for kids. I love these authors for their ease of language and their brutal honesty, while still making us feel.

Who is your favorite or least favorite character in your book?  Why?

I have fallen in love with both my lead characters, but my favorite character would have to be mega rock star, Malcolm Angel. Malcolm was a wonderful character to create, because there are so many levels and so much depth to him. Although he harbors immense amounts of pain, Malcolm tackles most situations with humor and maturity. He is confident and sexy, but when he finally meets a woman who means…something more…he strips off his façade and is brutally honest. He is real and intense.

How do you handle writer’s block?

I think if you’re blocked, the best thing to do is get away. I think a block is your subconscious telling you it’s time to look at something else. Physical exercise keeps the thoughts flowing. Holding downward-facing dog in yoga will always clear your brain!

What advice do you have for young/student writers?

Write, write, write (to practice), and take an acting class! I know it sounds crazy, but acting coaches can teach you how to break down characters more thoroughly than you ever imagined possible. Once you see what an actor needs to find in a character, it makes it easier to see how to build one.

Explain your revision process.

I edit as I go. Then I go back and read through the chapter to make sure it works. But I’ll always go back and tweak the first chapters as more chapters are written—I’m definitely not one of those authors who can write a chapter and then hand it to someone else to read! That first chapter is still being adjusted while I’m writing the epilogue.


About the Author


I am a bestselling author, and a NYC girl at heart. I write “gritty romance,” in the genres of YA, NA; women’s fiction; and romance. I’m also the author of The Letting and The Coupling, books 1 and 2 of The Letting series. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN. I have my BA in English and my MA in Theatre. 

I am a fan of Luna Bars, decaf coffee, yoga, Hemingway, and Bukowski—and the loves of my life are my husband and my two young girls.

To find out more about me; Summer of Irreverence, the first book in The New York Artists Series—standalone novels about strong, artistic men, and the smart, unexpected women they fall for; The Letting series; and what’s coming soon, please visit: www.CathrineGoldstein.com


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